ADL Investigation Reveals Strain of Anti-Semitism in Extreme Factions of the Anti-Abortion Movement
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New York, NY, October 30, 1998 A strain of anti-Semitism runs through the extreme
factions of the anti-abortion movement, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). In
the days following the fatal shooting of Dr. Barnett Slepian, a Buffalo, NY
gynecologist-obstetrician who performed abortions, speculation has surfaced as to whether
Dr. Slepian may have been targeted because he was a Jew. Four of the five abortion
providers shot by a sniper or snipers in Canada and the United States since 1994 have been
"While there is no evidence to suggest that anti-Semitism was a motive for the
attacks, we are deeply concerned about the strain of anti-Semitism running through some
extreme factions of the movement," said Abraham H. Foxman ADL National Director.
"They make insidious claims that Jewish doctors control the practice and industry of
abortion, often comparing them to Nazi war criminals." He named Human Life
International, a major anti-abortion group with a history of anti-Semitism, as
inordinately preoccupied with Jews."
Mr. Foxman added that "hideous and offensive" comparisons to the Holocaust
were regularly made by some groups to manipulate emotions. "Whatever ones
position on this heartrending issue, analogizing abortion to the Nazi governments
campaign to murder every Jew in the world diminishes the truth of the Holocaust and
implies that ordinary women engaging in a lawful act are Nazis."
Five days after Dr. Slepians murder, an anonymous caller threatened the life of
another Buffalo-area obstetrician who performed abortions. Authorities believe the caller
previously slipped a "wanted poster" of Dr. Slepian into a police station,
apparently in the station washroom. Slepians face had been crossed out and the words
"Jew" and "killer" were written across the photo.
While most of the organized anti-abortion movement decries bigotry and violence,
ADLs investigation revealed that some anti-abortion groups and a few individuals,
along with some extremist anti-Semitic groups, single out Jewish doctors who perform the
procedure or describe Jews as controlling the abortion "industry."
Followings are some examples of the use anti-Semitism and the Holocaust by
Human Life International (HLI), a Virginia-based anti-abortion group, has singled
out Jews as disproportionately responsible for, even controlling, the abortion-rights
movement. The organizations founder, Father Paul Marx, wrote as long ago as 1977:
"I do not blame the Jews for the abortion movement. I do say, and will say because it
is the truth, that it is a strange thing how many leaders in the abortion movement are
Jewish." Marx supported his observation by noting, "A famous genetics professor
in Paris told me that the leaders of the abortion movement in France were Jewish. I saw
one, a Jewish female liar, do her thing on behalf of abortion at the World Population
Conference in Bucharest."
Marx also stated: "The fact is, I am surprised and shocked by the number of
Jews who lead the abortion movement in so many countries after their horrendous experience
with Hitler . My medical friends, and I have many, have told me again and again how
many Jewish doctors do abortions freely. From a highly reliable source in a city I shall
not name for the moment, I learned of a Jewish doctor who does sixteen abortions every
Saturday morning for $300.00 each."
A decade later, in a 1987 newsletter, Marx charged: "Theres a most ironic
side to the widespread, furious objections of some Jews (and others) to Pope John Paul
IIs routine diplomatic reception of Austrian President Kurt Waldheim: the same
segment of the Jewish community that accuses the Pope of insensitivity to the Jewish
Holocaust not only condones but has more or less led the greatest holocaust of all time,
the war on babies.
"Its obvious to anyone whos studied the abortion movement in the
Western world as long as I have (25 years), that a large segment of the Jews that is
disloyal to the teachings of Judaism more or less leads the abortion movement."
In 1993, an article in HLIs newsletter declared: "Today, certain members of
this people whose ancient religion and culture managed to survive Auschwitz and Buchenwald
are presiding over the greatest Holocaust in the history of the world. American Jews have
been leaders in establishing and defending the efficient destruction of more than 30
million preborn children in this country .Why are the victims of one Holocaust
In 1995, a local Virginia group, Project Life-Nova circulated flyers that
compared Jewish abortion providers with Nazi war criminals. The flyers were headlined
"not wanted in our community," and included doctors photographs, home
phone numbers and addresses, birthdates, spouses names. While not all the doctors
targeted were Jewish, only the flyers depicting Jewish doctors included a paragraph about
the Holocaust asserting that the Nazis provided abortion for Jewish women as part
of their extermination campaign, and that abortion was prosecuted at Nuremberg as a war
crime. The flyers called on the doctors to "repent before God."
Following a murderous attack on a Brookline, Massachusetts, clinic in 1994, an
administrator at the clinic stated that it had previously received bomb threats and hate
mail. "That was all really routine .The hate mail was really graphic, really
violent. It usually centered on killing Jew doctors. It said things like, Hitler was
right. There were really grisly drawings."
Abortion and the Holocaust
Many groups and activists within the anti-abortion movement draw analogies between
abortion and the Holocaust. This practice ranges from invoking a comparison to reproducing
photographs of Jewish corpses alongside those of aborted fetuses to naming an
anti-abortion web site "The American Holocaust Memorial." Examples include:
"The American Holocaust Memorial" web site is dedicated to
"uncovering" the "frightening correlation between the American holocaust of
abortion and the NAZI holocaust of World War II." Gruesome photographs of slaughtered
Jews and dismembered fetuses are compared in order to demonstrate that "the
Pro-Choice campaign [is] a thinly veiled Final Solution for the
unwanted unborn child."
"The Nuremberg Files," also a web site, calls itself "a coalition
of concerned citizens throughout the USA cooperating in collecting dossiers on
abortionists in anticipation that one day we may be able to hold them on trial for crimes
against humanity." It states that many Nazi war criminals avoided punishment for
their crimes due to lack of evidence, and "we do not want the same thing to happen
when the day comes to charge abortionists with their crimes."
The site provides a mailing address and asks viewers to collect and submit
"evidence" including any personal information, videotapes or photos,
criminal records, and affidavits by former employees or spouses about doctors who
perform abortions and others involved in safeguarding abortion for women who choose it.
Stating that its goal is "to record the name of every person working in the baby
slaughter business across the United States of America," the site includes a list,
under a graphic of dripping blood, of the names of abortion doctors, clinic owners and
workers, allegedly sympathetic judges, politicians, and law enforcement authorities, and
"miscellaneous spouses & other blood flunkies." A line is drawn through the
names of the doctors and other personnel who have been murdered.
The Posse Comitatus, an anti-Semitic organization whose anti-government views
have been influential in the militia movement, reported the Slepian killing on its web
site, then stated: "Not much needs to be said. The justice in the putting to
DEATH of this jewish [sic] abortionist says it all! . You can be sure that it
is a White Man, one of His True Chosen, that is exacting YHVHs vengeance upon these
murdering vipers! I Pray that other True Israelite Warriors across this land continue to
rid our country of these murdering bastards!"
Holy War, an Oslo-based Internet hate site that posts English-language web pages,
also merges an anti-abortion viewpoint with anti-Semitism. It calls abortion "the one
and only Holocaust ever!" and exhorts readers to "Stop the
racist Jewish abortion industry that cost [sic] the life of 50 million human
beings every year!"
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.